Periodically, I go over to the Best Buy near Potomac Mills. I remember when it was built years ago, they created a holding pond for water runoff. I never really gave it much thought until I fished the small water that I discussed in this post. As I drove by that containment pond in early November, I decided to wander down and give it a shot.
As you can see from the pictures below, this is actually a decent sized lake with the only detractor being that you get a nice view of a chain restaurant and, of course Best Buy, as you fish the banks. Since this was spur of the moment, I didn't have the best gear with me -- I only had my collapsible spinning rod and a few spinners that were rattling around in the back of the truck. I parked next to Best Buy and walked down to the shore, surprised to see that I was not the first person to do this. There were scattered bait boxes and lure containers in various locations. Ignoring the fact of the trash, I hoped it portended that this water might hold fish or two.
I tied on a gold Panther Martin spinner and began to fish out into the center of the lake. When that was not productive, I moved north to the shallower area and began to fish there. After a few casts, I caught the small bass shown in the picture below. I was out of time but the fact that I caught that fish confirms that he has mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters all living in this lake as well. Since it has been around for over 10 years, I imagine that the bass population is well established.
Happy that I had discovered a lake close to home, I walked back up to the truck and called it a day.
Getting There: Go to the Best Buy that is off of the Prince William Parkway. The lake is in the back.
Google Local Coordinates: 38.651198,-77.292509
Secrets Revealed? Given the amount of fishing related trash, no. But, this is not a documented body of water on the VDGIF site.
And that other small lake in the picture above? Yes, I fished it as well. It is actually a pond dedicated to the memory of a hard core fisherman named Gary Brisbois - fishing encouraged.